Incident Reports: How to avoid plaintiff attorneys using them against you - ED Legal Letter - Jun 01, 2007

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Executive Editor
Larry B. Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta

Nurse Planner
Theresa Rodier Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC
Emergency and Trauma Services
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL

Contributing Editors
Staci Kusterbeck

William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM
Director of Emergency Services
St. Mary's Hospital
Streator, IL;
Clinical Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine Midwestern University
Downers Grove, IL;
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Illinois, Chicago;
Sullivan Law Office
Frankfort, IL

Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP
Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc.
Charlotte, NC;
Vice President
Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc.
Auburn, CA

Senior Managing Editor
Suzanne Thatcher
AHC Media

Associate Publisher
Lee Landenberger
AHC Media


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Financial Disclosure:

The following individuals disclose that they have no consultant, stockholder, speaker's bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study: Larry Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP (executive editor), Theresa Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC (nurse planner), Stacey Kusterbeck (contributing editor), William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM (contributing editor), Suzanne Thatcher (Senior Managing Editor), and Lee Landenberger (Associate Publisher). Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, (contributing editor) discloses that he is President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC; and he serves on the Board of Governors and committees of the Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc., Auburn, CA.

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